Ahead of Thursday’s talk with Helen Nissenbaum — an NYU professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science — we’d like to share some of her featured work, including her new book with Mary Flanagan, who spoke at CMS/W earlier this year:
Values at Play in Digital Games
All games express and embody human values, providing a compelling arena in which we play out beliefs and ideas. “Big ideas” such as justice, equity, honesty, and cooperation—as well as other kinds of ideas, including violence, exploitation, and greed— may emerge in games whether designers intend them or not. In this book, Mary Flanagan and Helen Nissenbaum present Values at Play, a theoretical and practical framework for identifying socially recognized moral and political values in digital games. Values at Play can also serve as a guide to designers who seek to implement values in the conception and design of their games. After developing a theoretical foundation for their proposal, Flanagan and Nissenbaum provide detailed examinations of selected games, demonstrating the many ways in which values are embedded in them. They introduce the Values at Play heuristic, a systematic approach for incorporating values into the game design process. Interspersed among the book’s chapters are texts by designers who have put Values at Play into practice by accepting values as a design constraint like any other, offering a real-world perspective on the design challenges involved.
Other Books by Helen Nissenbaum
- Modulated Cities: Networked Spaces, Reconstituted Subjects, Situated Technologies book series.
- Privacidad Amenazada.
- Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life, Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
- Big Data’s End Run around Anonymity and Consent, with S. Barocas.
- Political and Ethical Perspectives on Data Obfuscation, with F. Brunton.
- Sustaining both Privacy and Open Justice in the Transition to Online Access to Court Records: A Multidisciplinary Inquiry, with A. Conley, A. Datta, and D. Sharma.
- From Preemption to Circumvention: If Technology Regulates Why Do We Need Regulation (and Vice Versa)?
- A Contextual Approach to Privacy Online